Collecting and Using Information for Nutrition

Improving the collection and use of information is a priority for SPRING. Data from a variety of sectors (agriculture, finance, education, health, etc.) play an important role in improving nutritional outcomes for women and children. To achieve our goal, we gather evidence on the best ways to fill data gaps, develop new tools and guidance, and seek consensus on best practices.

Major SPRING activities in this area include—

The information that results from these activities helps program managers, policymakers, and international organizations better understand nutrition needs, make more informed decisions, plan more effectively, and advocate for improved nutrition funding.

What and how information is communicated affects actions at all levels related to food availability, care practices, health services, and the sociocultural environment. Changes in policies, financing, and information or monitoring systems, for example, will do little good if they are not communicated from national to community to household levels. Similarly, the information that is or is not communicated with regard to the cost of agricultural inputs and food, available health services, priority nutrition practices, and prevalence of malnutrition, for example, can affect what food is grown, stored, and/or purchased, if health services are utilized, how children are fed, or which nutrition programs are funded.


Screenshot of the tool page
Mar 2017
Expert input has enhanced SPRING’s guidance tool for assessing anemia at a national level.
Data collectors learning to use GPS
Aug 2016
SPRING interviewed 64 Micronutrient Powder users and distributors to identify successes understand barriers they face in using and distributing MNP.
Amanda Pomeroy-Stevens (SPRING) presents the final results from the Pathways to Better Nutrition Case Studies in DC July 28th, alongside Ssansa Mugenyi (Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda) and Madhu Kumar Marasini (National Planning Commission, Nepal).
Aug 2016
At this event, global experts detailed how stakeholders can use this research to advocate for nutrition policies and funding.